Exercise was identified as a valuable method of coping with mental distress caused by COVID-19 in patients with multiple sclerosis (MS). Exercise could have a positive impact on mental health in patients with MS and could reduce the negative impact of disability on depression.
Why this matters
The mental distress caused by containment measures such as the COVID-19 lockdown has been described in previous studies in the general population and those with chronic illnesses. An increase in anxiety has been described in patients with MS in relation to access to healthcare services. Therefore, it is important to identify potential factors that could inform the clinical management of mental distress in patients with MS.